Clare & Matthew’s modern romantic Nanteos Mansion wedding was on a gorgeous day in August last year. This is the wedding for you if your wedding is a little bit more traditional or if you are getting married at church. Clare & Matthew’s wedding was traditional with a modern romantic twist. With gorgeous decorations and flower and a stunning venue. We also had a lovely stop off at Tanybwlch Beach & lighthouse on the way to Nanteos. It was a lovely day and Clare & Matthew’s love for each really shone. It was such a joy to work both with them and their families.
I’ll let Clare & Matthew tell you the rest of the story in their own words below ~
We met using an online dating app and a year later I moved from Newtown to be with Matthew in Aberystwyth. Two years after that Matthew proposed. He had planned an evening walk around a place called Devils Bridge near Aberystwyth. When we walked down to the lookout, overlooking the waterfall there were candles laid out under the wooden gazebo. Admiring the view I turned around and he was down on one knee with the most sparkly engagement ring I had ever seen! Within a year later we were married!
Matthew is originally from Llanelli but moved to Aberystwyth 12 years ago to join the Police. I am from Newtown, but we both wanted to find a venue local to us and somewhere where neither of our family and friends had been married before. We chose Llanilar church as it was such a beautiful church and only 10mins drive from where we were living. Nanteos Mansion seemed the perfect choice as it was not only close to Llanilar but also close to the seaside town of Aberystwyth. We both love the beach and thought the setting would make such amazing photos! Nanteos was also just as beautiful, It seemed luxurious and would provide us with the perfect size venue for our guests and somewhere for them to stay over too. We knew from speaking to the manager that we would not be let down on our special day.
What we wore
The suits: Matthew had friends who had bought form Dyfed Menswear in the past and they came highly recommended. We had been browsing wedding magazines and really loved the blue suits with the patterned ties and brown shoes. The bridesmaid dresses: As I fancied pink and white roses for my bouquet it seemed the logical choice to go for the blush colour which would also go nicely with the men’s suits. The Brides dress: Having tried on a few dresses, I was torn between the Mori Lee dress I ended us choosing and a more fitted style. I didn’t want anything too revealing as it was a church wedding and I loved the plain bottom with a little bit of sparkle in the bodice. I felt it was quite classy and went with the romantic theme we were trying to adhere to. The veil was a 2 tier waist length with some sparkly elements to it which caught the light every now and then.
Decor & Styling
Modern Romantic theme, whites pinks & blues. Bouquets were white & pink roses, to keep costs down we went for a mixture of the same colour cheaper flowers on the pews in the church, outside the church gates and on the church arch. We then took some of these flowers to put on the staircase in Nanteos where we cut the cake. Our centrepieces were simple bunches of these flowers on the circular tables and smaller mixtures of mercury glass vases with buds/ few flowers in each along the banqueting tables. As the venue was quite grande, we wanted to keep it simple. Matthews button hole was a modern design that the florist had never seen before. He saw it on Pinterest. She made a smaller one for the Pageboy (my nephew Charlie). Our wedding favours were Macarons from Mademoiselle Macaron in Scotland. She was able to match our macarons to out theme colours of white, blue and pink. We had pictures of us in white wooden frames on small easels, table plan and the postbox was also made to match. Wine bottle labels were personalised, again to match theme colours.
Traditional ceremony with a reading done by Matt’s step-father Allan Edwards and the organ played by Matt’s Auntie Carole. The Rev. dropped the ring which was quite amusing and went to call it ‘The Ring of Power’!
Our favourite part of the day
My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle after we had been pronounced married and holding onto Matthews hand knowing I had finally married the man of my dreams! Matthews speech was also amazing. It was so heartfelt that it even made most of the men cry! It was nice to hear all the best mens speeches and it made us both giggle. We did well in the Mr & Mrs game too!
Words of wisdom
We thought we were prepared, but the day before we were rushing around until late and didn’t have a lot of time to relax with our family and friends. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare to ensure you can sit back and enjoy the moment! Make sure you have time out together, the day goes so quickly that you don’t have time for anything! It was nice to get back to the Bridal suite for 5 mins just to take it all in.
When guests arrived at Nanteos they were greeted by chocolates and his and her cocktails- A Strawberry Daiquiri and a Bramble. In the evening we had a band play- Indienational who were from South Wales. They rocked!
Our first dance
Our first dance was Christina Perri- A thousand Years which was also played when I walked down the aisle in the church to meet Matthew at the altar. His Auntie had learnt to play this for us especially.
We had a Mini-Moon to the Lake District the day after the wedding and it was lovely to get away and relax for 3 nights. We booked a month off work and went on honeymoon in January 2018 (NZ summer time) to Singapore, New Zealand, Cook Islands & Los Angeles.
Looking for a photographer
We were searching for Photographers online and came across Larissa’s website and we were blown away with the photographs. We were looking for something a bit different but beautiful at the same time. I got quite excited when she said she was available for our wedding date. I think booking a top-class photographer is probably the most important booking for a wedding. We needed someone who was able to document the whole day and obviously wanted amazing photographs. We felt confident that you could give us photos that we could treasure forever. We were not disappointed.
After looking through the wedding galleries on your website we knew immediately that we had to book you as our wedding photographer. No words can describe how talented you are, we couldn’t be more pleased with our photographs. You captured so many special moments and this is something we will treasure forever. During our wedding planning we chatted to you via Skype and put us at ease straight away, it meant that on the day we were more relaxed and this certainly came through on our photos. It wasn’t long after the wedding that we were told our wedding gallery was available to view. We were so excited to see them after being tortured by the ‘sneak peek’ photographs which always left us eager to see more! You certainly did not disappoint… we now have so many lovely wedding photos that makes it impossible for us to choose a favourite. We would highly recommend you to anyone looking for a top-class Wedding photographer. Thank you Larissa! xx
The Whole Day
Mens suits, ties & shoes: Dyfed Menswear
Brides Dress: Blu by Morilee 5204
Brides Shoes: Benjamin Adams- ‘Corinne
Veil: The Wedding Veil Shop- ‘Frankie’
Church:St Hilary’s Church Llanilar
Venue: Nanteos Mansion
Cake: Lyn’s Cake Creations
Bridesmaid Dresses & Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Stationery: Vistaprint for the invitations & than you cards
Wedding Car: Top Class Cars- Chrysler 300
Videographer: Clic Productions
Wedding favours: Macarons
Modern Romantic Nanteos Mansion Wedding